The well known story of music in 1969 is the journey from the utopia of Woodstock to the murderous unravelling at Altamont. But there was another huge festival that year. Somehow it has slipped from our memories, our histories.
The Harlem Cultural Festival ran over six weekends in the summer of 1969, a remarkable celebration of black pride, black music. 300,000 people came to see the hottest acts, including Nina Simone, Mahalia Jackson, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Gladys Knight, Fifth Dimension and more.
Film of these concerts sat in a basement for 50 years. Now US music producer Questlove has made a feature film about the Festival, and why it vanished from our remembering of the 60s. Summer of Soul is an accomplished piece of story-telling, and the music is funk at its best.
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Richard is a writer, podcaster, radio and TV broadcaster, an editor, and a lover of music. He tells the stories of how great songs are made, and of the people who make them.